One of the kids found the book Let’s Go Rock Collecting at the library a couple of weeks ago. We read it at bedtime several times last week and both kids enjoyed it. It was their idea to start a rock collection as a new experience.
We set out for a short walk in the woods and brought shoe boxes with us. The kids thought having their own boxes to store their collections was fun. They didn’t know that their sneaky mama had an ulterior motive in using the boxes. The shoe box limited the size and amount of rocks they could collect.
The rules of 52 Brand New’s rock collection are:
1. The entire collection must fit in one box
2. The owner is responsible for carrying his/her own rocks.
Rocks can be big, and rocks can be heavy. For our first rock collecting adventure, we had a specific purpose in mind. But, as the kids learned in the book, collecting rocks can be done any time, anywhere. We will surely collect rocks as we hike. I don’t want my backpack weighed down with lots of them!
The rules came in handy as we collected. The kids were so excited to begin that they picked up just about every rock they saw. We took a short break to talk about choosing only the most interesting rocks we can find. Maybe it has an interesting shape or color. Perhaps it is smooth or has straight edges. The little discussion helped the kids limit their choices just a bit.
We collected rocks for about half and hour and wound up with a few dozen rocks in each collection. One we got home, we had another little discussion. This time we talked about editing our collections. Leah had a difficult time with this concept. Every rock in her box was “beautiful”. One was even “adorable” in her opinion. She did manage to take out 2 or 3 less than ideal rocks.
The kids scrubbed their rocks and were surprised to find that they looked much different when they were clean. Some seemed a bit sparkly and others had interesting colors. We put our rocks back into the boxes for storage.
Rock collecting was a fun new experience. We’ll be adding to our collections soon!
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